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Adaptive Services for People with Disabilities

Brandeis University Library & Technology Services is dedicated to providing access and services to all members of the Brandeis community. If you have questions or suggestions about any of our services to people with disabilities, please contact Adam Lipkin at 781-736-4795 or email alipkin@brandeis.edu.

Building Accessibility

The Goldfarb Main Library is wheelchair accessible from the front entrance.  Elevators are located in both Goldfarb and Farber Libraries. Restrooms on Level 1 (main floor) of the Main Library are wheelchair accessible. Water fountains in the Main Library are wheelchair accessible.


There are parking spaces marked for handicapped use next to Pearlman and in the service lot between Usdan and Brown for getting to the Main Library. See campus map.

Library Services

Proxy Library Service - Proxy service is available to patrons with disabilities. This service allows patrons to designate another person as their "proxy" who could then check out books on their behalf. Please contact the Main Library Information & Borrowing desk for more information at borrowing@brandeis.edu or 781-736-4624.

Research Help - Librarians are available at the Main Library Research Help Desk and by request using the Help at Brandeis service. Librarians can assist with any questions you have about using the library or conducting library research.

Access to Library Stacks/Book Retrieval Service - Many of the Main Library stacks are not wheelchair accessible. [The aisles to Science Library stacks may accommodate wheelchairs.] LTS staff are available to retrieve books from the stacks when needed. At certain times there may be a short wait for book retrieval, based on staff availability.

Other Services - Ask at the Information & Borrowing Desk about Locker, Carrel, Book Cart Availability and Photocopying Service for patrons with disabilities; and Portable Desk Lamps that are available for borrowing.

Books on Tape, in Large Print, or in Braille

Books on tape, in large print, or in Braille are available through the library. The library uses the services of Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, the Perkins School Library, and other organizations to borrow books in different formats.

Not all books that are required for classes at Brandeis are available in these formats. Often orders take several weeks to process. Please contact faculty members prior to the beginning of a semester to get a copy of the reading list.

Send the list of books you need to Adam Lipkin (alipkin@brandeis.edu).

HathiTrust Digital Library  

Brandeis University is a HathiTrust supporting institution. Through the Library designated Proxy digital versions can be made accessible to students whose disabilities do not allow them to use print books (both books that are publicly accessible and those that are in copyright).

Students, staff and faculty wanting to have access to the text versions of material via the HathiTrust will have to be on file with Student Accessibility Support or provide documentation of their disability to Student Accessibility Support  This is an Library staff mediated service. Requests for materials will be fulfilled during normal library business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (excluding University staff holidays).

Request materials, please email e-resources@brandeis.edu

More information about documentation requirements is available by contacting Beth Rodgers-Kay, Director, Student Accessibility Support, 781-736-3470 brodgers@brandeis.edu

Adaptive Technology and Accessibility Equipment

Large screen computers with screen-enlarging software are available on the first floor of both libraries. A print enlarger is also available in the Information Commons of the Main Library.

The Adaptive Technology Room in the Farber building of the Main Library offers:

  • Equipment that converts print to synthesized speech
  • Voice-activated and dictation software
  • Screen-enlarging software
  • A print enlarger
  • Concept-mapping software
  • A 4-track tape player
  • Adjustable table and chairs

To access the room and equipment, contact Adam Lipkin at 781-736-4795, alipkin@brandeis.edu. If Adam is unavailable, please contact 781-736-LTTE.

Contact Information

Coordinator, Services for People with Disabilities

Adam Lipkin


Main Library
Information & Borrowing Desk 781-736-LOAN
Research Help 781-736-INFO
Library Research Help (Help at Brandeis)

Brandeis University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or any other category protected by law.

The following people are designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:

Beth Rodgers-Kay, Director, Student Accessibility Support

Alwina Bennett in the Provost's Office